Interview with Weight Loss Expert Dr. Robert Maki

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Many people start running to lose weight yet they find that the pounds still won’t come off. I have even seen runners gain weight during marathon training.

Since weight loss is such a pertinent topic in the world of running we decided to bring Dr. Robert Maki onto the podcast.

Dr. Rob is a naturopathic doctor who has helped thousands of people drop the pounds without surgery, fad diets, or appetite suppressants. He doesn’t even make his clients count calories!

Here are the weight loss questions we asked Dr. Rob. . .

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Weight Loss Questions. . .


  1. Tell us a little about your background and what led you to specialize in helping people lose weight.
  2. I hear from many people who have started a running program, but still struggle to lose some extra pounds. In your experience, what are the key factors that prevent people from losing weight despite exercising regularly?
  3. My biggest eating weakness is sugar. Is it possible to be addicted to sugar? What steps should a person take to break a sugar addiction?
  4. Does lack of sleep and stress make it more difficult to lose weight? What do you recommend to a person who is struggling in these areas?
  5. Is it possible that for some people hormone imbalances may be hindering their weight loss efforts? What tests need to be done to diagnose the imbalances?
  6. When should a person seek professional advice for help with their weight loss goals?
  7. How do you help your patients lose weight without restricting calories?
  8. Is there an optimum amount of time that meals should be spaced to assist with weight removal? I’ve heard differing opinions on snacking between meals.
  9. Are there any specific foods that assist with weight loss?
  10. Are there any dietary supplements that you recommend to people who want to lose weight?


Quick Tip: Running in Hot Weather

1. Wear a hat or visor in hot weather. This keeps the sun out of your face and can help block sweat from running into your eyes. Trevor just got a new running hat for Father’s Day: The REI Fitness Runner’s Cap. He looks pretty spiffy.

2. Bring water and drink a few ounces at least every mile. If your water gets warm midway through a run try putting ice cubes in your bottle. For a long run try freezing the bottle of water the night before. It will melt as you run and provide nice cold water.

Read Andy’s post about his biggest mistake yet while training for his first marathon.

3. Choose running clothes wisely. Wear wicking fabrics and dress as lightly as possible. Make sure your clothes are somewhat fitted, excess fabric can cause chaffing.


Also Mentioned in This Episode

The Iron Mom Half Marathon in Paducah, Kentucky -I ran this small town half marthon on June 18th. My son Riley (6) ran the 1 mile kids fun run.

The Wine Glass Marathon in Corning, New York -I just signed up for this beautiful race in October and hope to PR. My sister Autum (from Episode 32) signed up as well. I think there is still a few slots left if you want to join us!

Thanks for reading the show notes for this episode. I always enjoy hearing your running story. You do have what it takes to run a marathon and change your life.

9 Responses to Interview with Weight Loss Expert Dr. Robert Maki

  1. Trevor June 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    This is our longest episode to date. Fifty-four minutes and 28 seconds.

  2. Melissa June 30, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    This was an excellent interview. Thanks!

    I’m running the Peachtree Road Race on Monday in Atlanta and the temps are going to be HOT! The Quick tip at the end definitely reminded me of great commonsense steps I need to keep in my head when getting ready to run.

    I’ve been listening to y’all for a couple months now and, as I start training for my first full, you’ve become an amazing recsource. Thanks, as always, for a graet podcast.

    Oh, and *high five* to your son!

    • Angie June 30, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      Thanks Melissa. It’s exciting to hear that you’re training for your first full marathon! Have a great race on Monday and stay as cool as possible :-)

  3. Stephanie June 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Looking forward to listening to this; I have run two full marathons and one half in the last seven months, and I haven’t lost a single pound : ) Oh well, maybe my body likes me the way I am! I run at an altitude of 6000 with no humidity. I admire those of you running in the heat! I just can’t do it. My sister however is a runner in Bloomington, IN. She knows all about the heat.

  4. Trevor July 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    6,000 feet with no humidity! I would love to be there. Thanks for the comment. I hope you enjoy this episode.

  5. Rusty July 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Very good information… great podcast.

    • Angie July 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      Thanks Rusty!

  6. Dennis July 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    This podcast raised a question: How late in the evening is too late for a good run if you want to get a good night’s sleep? My favorite time to run is at sunset, but that’s a pretty late run in the summer and even if I am able to go to sleep at a reasonable time after my run, I suspect that it still interferes with the quality of my sleep. Would it be better to suck it up and run early in the morning (my least favorite time!)? The guest on this episode touched on this, but maybe its something you could address in the future.

    Great job on this podcast every wek!

    • Angie July 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      Hi Dennis. You make a good point about evening running. I’ve heard other experts say that you should exercise at least 3 hours before your intended bedtime. It would be best to run first thing in the morning, but you have to honestly assess whether you can be consistant as a morning runner. I’m sure other listeners are dealing with this same issue.

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